BSc, MBBS, PhD(Bristol), FRCOphth
Consultant Senior Lecturer
Fax Number: (0117) 33 14088
Telephone Number: (0117) 33 13388
List of publications (links to IRIS publications database)
Cathy Williams is a clinical academic with interests in visual development in general, and vision disorders in children with developmental problems in particular. She works full-time and divides her time equally between research and clinical duties which include Bristol-wide paediatric ophthalmology clinics for children with special need, general paediatric ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology at Bristol Eye hospital, and screening premature babies for eye problems.
Cathy’s NIHR-funded research programme centres on the prevalence, assessment and management of children with visual problems and developmental delay or neurological conditions. This includes “brain-related” vision problems and she colleagues have a number of projects related to developing the evidence-base in this area. Cathy originally worked on and helped fund the vision data in the ALSPAC study and carried out the first RCT of population-based preschool screening for amblyopia, nested within the birth cohort. She maintains close links with the study and has ongoing research into genetic and environmental predictors of vision problems and the impact on children of different kinds of visual difficulties, including cerebral visual impairment.
Cathy was on a working group advising the National Screening Committee on preschool vision screening, is a member of the British Ophthalmic Surveillance Unit steering committee and is currently working with the Ophthalmology Child Maltreatment Working Party, for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Cathy’s programme of research work is affiliated to Bristol Vision Institute.Cathy trained in London and worked there as a junior doctor before coming to Bristol to complete her training in ophthalmology and an MRC-funded PhD fellowship. She is now based in the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health (School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol) and Bristol Eye Hospital and lives in Bristol with her family.